How coronavirus changed home buying for good

Louetta R. Clark

The economy isn’t fully open across the country and the unemployment rate is still double-digits, but home shopping has roared back.

“It has bounced back incredibly quickly, more quickly than anyone thought,” Spencer Rascoff Zillow (Z) co-founder told Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round

Pending home sales jumped by a record 44% in May, according to the National Association of Realtors. That’s the biggest one month jump since the survey started in 2001.

Transaction volume is returning to normal, but the experience of buying and selling is anything but conventional.

‘Point and click’ home buying on the way

As with other industries, Covid-19 has accelerated technological trends. Rascoff, who recently launched dot.LA, a news site covering Southern California’s burgeoning tech scene, is seeing transformational changes in the marketplace, driven by meaningful technological advancements.

“Things like virtual tours, transaction management – that’s entirely online –

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An Eclectic Home With “Good Vibes” and Personality to Spare

Louetta R. Clark

There are DIY wannabes—and then there’s jewelry and fashion designer Ambre Dahan, who purchased her dream five-bedroom home in Los Angeles, then designed and decorated the entire thing herself. As in, without a contractor. “I painted everything. I redid all the bathrooms. I redid the kitchen. Put gates outside. I did some of the garden. I painted the kitchen floors,” she says over coffee in New York City’s Bowery Hotel during Fashion Week. “But I loved it. I’m a designer, so for me, design is all the same.”

When she first bought the 1920s-era house in 2017, she was lured by its sprawling garden, giant pool, metal windows, and good vibes, but she also couldn’t resist the house’s backstory. The seller was screenwriter Barbara Turner, who raised her two daughters there (one of them is actress Jennifer Jason Leigh); Dahan would be moving in with her own two daughters. (It’s

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